Richard A. Williams

Died: 2015-12-30
Resided in: Beverly, MA
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Viewing date: 2015-12-30
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Richard (Dick) Williams passed unexpectedly on Dec 30th with his family by his side. He was 84 years old. Dick was a graduate of Beverly High School class of 1949. After high school Dick enlisted in the army and served his country for three years in Germany during the Korean conflict. Dick met his wife June before the war and they were married soon after his return. They were married for 61 years and had 2 children with 3 grandchildren. Dick proudly served as a Beverly, MA firefighter for 31 years. He, his wife and children also operated the locally cherished “Dick & June’s Ice Cream” from 1968 through this past summer. Retirement for Dick was bitter sweet because he was so dedicated to his business and worked tirelessly. Dick had many friends though his business as well as The Knights of Columbus, Vittori-Rocci Post and The American Legion Post in Manchester-by-the-Sea. He loved to play cards and was a big sports fan. Dick is survived by his wife June (Mercaldi) Williams, his son Alan, his wife Carol, his daughter Debra Farley and her three sons, Jackson, Hunter and Connor. Dick also is survived by two brothers, David Williams from Florida and Donald (Alan) Williams from New Hampshire. He is predeceased by his brother, Robert, formerly of Salem, MA. Dick was a wonderful husband, father and friend. He will be missed by many. A private ceremony for immediate family only was held by request. In lieu of flowers please send donations in Dick’s name to The Wounded Warriors Project at

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Dear June, Alan & Deb, So very sorry to hear of Dick's passing. He was truly a wonderful man. We so enjoyed seeing him every year at the Topsfield Fair. Love to you all, cousin Barbara "Jeanne" (Williams) Brzezowski.
You will be missed by so many people. We all enjoyed coming to have a cold treats at your shop and your warm smile.
To the Williams family, my deepest sympathy for your loss, I met Dick several times and was friends with Alan back in the Project Rap days........Alan even made an ice cream named after my newborn son, Banana Mocha Max! It was fun seeing all the work that went into making all those delicious flavors. And Dick was gracious and a wonderful man, and member of Beverly community (and beyond!!!) Visitors would also remark on the long lines and simply had to make a stop to get his delicious creations. Prayers are with you all..... Karen Tompkins
To June and family So sorry to hear about your loss. We wish you our prayers and condlences.He was so generous and loved. Love Bill and Sara Fishbane
June ,Alen & Deb sorry to hear of your loss Dick was a hard working man with a great smile for everyone . My Mom and Dad loved him Gary & Denise Rafeal
WE are so sad to hear about the loss of Dick. Our family moved to Danvers 4 years ago and we were so fortunate to get to know Dick and enjoy ice cream with our 2 kids who adored him. They loved the smiley faces he would put on the top of their ice cream. Dick's smile was always infectious and you could see how much he loved serving families. Our thoughts and prayers extend to the family--Dick you will be missed by so many of us. Love, Kim, Andrew, Riley and Allie Freedman
Dick served as such a terrific mentor, friend, and grandfather figure to the young people who worked at the stand. It was heartwarming to hear of and watch his interactions with them. We feel so lucky that our daughter was able to have this wonderful man as a part of her life for the past few years, and will miss him greatly. -Brian & Brenda Armand
I will miss Dick's warm smile and laugh. He never failed to ask about my kids. He will be remembered with love. Margaret Decie
God Bless Mr Williams and his family. You will be missed sir Bobby Pero / Sack
I grew up in Beverly Farms where Dick and June first opened. I was born in 1969, they were just up and running. I was there when they 8ntroduced many a flavor, my favorite m&m. The most amazing part about Dick is he never seemed to age or tire of his work at D and J. The world was a better place because of guys like him. RIP.
I'm so sorry for your loss. He was an amazing man who was legendary in Beverly. I'll miss him and always remember his "delectably sweet" smile and personality.
I am very sorry for your loss June and also to all of the family. I lived next door to the north Beverly fire station i pretty much grew up in the station with all the guys. But i have many great memories of him always with a smile he took me for rides in the fire truck to central to get gas or a road test. Talked to me about life and goals because I was very sick as a kid the firemen took me in likea son. He was a kind gentle soul that has a special place in my heart forever
Dear June and family: So sorry for your our loss. I have known Dick and you guys for a long long time. If I had to chose 10 of the best people I haver ever met and known in my lifetime Dick would be one of theml. I miss him already. Love from Harold Nasson and God bless
Dick was such a nice man, and he had such a warm smile. We have so many photos of our son, Brandon, having his first ice cream of the season, with that one-of-a-kind M&M smiley face on it. Dick was so kind to all of the children who came to Dick & June's. We will never forget him, and we're so very sorry for your loss. -- The Rodkey Family
Condolences to the Williams family especially to Debra- not easy losing your father- hold on to the memories. It's always wonderful to know how much a father is missed by and very much respected. My best to all. Pat Swindell, former employee of the North Beverly Food Mart and former Ryal Side neighbor to Dick and June's.
To June & her family. Bob & I are so very sorry for the loss of your husband, father and grandfather. He will be missed by all who knew him. Our love and prayers go out to the family. Joanne & Bob Berry
June, Deb and Alan...I am sooooo sorry to hear this terrible news. May you all remember the wonderful times spent with Dick. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during these most difficult times. Amy Piecewicz Hayes
Dear June, Deb, Alan and all of the Williams Family I was so sad to hear of Dick's passing. A truly truly great man that will be deeply missed. Dick and June were BY FAR the best employers I ever had and modeled so many tremendous lessons that have lived long and deep in my life. You taught me the value of hard work, simplicity, that every penny counts and the customer service. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Please accept my deepest condolences and a BIG hug. I do hope I can see you all in person sometime soon - to thank you again and offer a hug in person. Until then, know how much of a tremendous positive impact he and you have all had on thousands of lives - through your store and those of us who were lucky enough to work for you. Prayers, Love and Light Carol Lavoie Schuster (worked for you from about 1989?-1996/97?)
So sorry June, Debbie and Alan that you have lost your husband and Dad and a very gracious man he was! He will be surely missed by all of us kids who loved his wonderful helpful way and smiles when serving up ice cream to all of us who were lucky enough to have lived in his era!! 💜🍦
So very sorry to hear of Dick's passing. I have very fond memories of Dick and my dad, Jim Taylor, when they were on the fire department. I will miss going to get ice cream from him at Dick and June's. Cindy Taylor-Kersting
To the Williams Family. We are so sorry to hear about the passing of Richard. Although we do not know the family personally, everyone from Beverly knew the best place for Ice Cream was Dick and June's. All thanks to the tireless efforts of Dick and June and all who worked with them. Please know that he is thought of in the highest regard. With deepest Sympathy, The Quinn Family of Beverly and residents of Ryal Side.
I have very fond memories of working at the stand in the 1999-2000 era. What what wonderful people to work for! Sending sincere condolences to the Williams family. -Kristen (Reynolds) Hardin
My kids loved coming to Dick and Junes and especially liked talking to Dick. Such a great guy who will be missed!
The best home made ice cream on the planet made by a friendly and appreciative local family. So many memories I could be posting all night. My condolences to you June, he will be missed. Godspeed Dick! Dennis Cappuccilli
Dick & June's Ice Cream shop was a special stop on Beverly's business scene for decades. But Dick and June were much more than that; they were treasured neighbors on Michael Road. We offer our deepest condolences to June on the passing of her husband of 63 years. Joan & Jerry D'Alfonso
There are no words I can leave that will fill the void you feel. I am so deeply sorry for your loss. I frequented dick and June's for two things: ice cream and the crisp clear blue eyes at the counter. He was a sweet man who served up the town with a smile and a cheerful suggestion for what he thought might be a good flavor combination. Keep on scoopin, mr Williams!
My condolences to the Williams family. To Alan: Your brief introduction of ice cream mixed with M&Ms to my teen years launched me into a successful family-run ice cream business. Thank you to your parents and to you as it has been wonderful - Hope your pain is brief and great memories of your dad are forever! Kate McKenzie
To June and family with my deepest condolences pam (mikeys roast beef)
So sorry for your loss , not a better person walked this earth....may he R.I.P. Jeff Pelonzi
We are so sorry to hear of Dick's passing. We've lived in the Williams' previous Ryal Side home for 32 years, and will always feel his presence with us. Thoughts and prayers are with the family. David and Doris Ahern
Will miss Mr. William's smiling face. Rest in peace. Deanna and Phil Karwowski
Dear June, Alan and Debra, We have just experienced a terrible loss in the passing of Dick. We had many happy memories together over the years. He certainly was a great brother to me. He was loved by many people and will be greatly missed. Our condolences to all of you. Love and hugs, Don (Alan) and Dot
I am so sorry for your loss. I will always remember Dick as a kind and generous man! He brought so much joy to so many people.
To June and family I am so very sorry to hear about the passing of Dick. Lewis liked the two of you very much, and introduced me to you when we were engaged. Again I am so very sorry to hear the news. In fact, we spoke of Lewis when I saw Dick at the ice cream stand. Take care of yourself. Gloria Katz
What a great guy. It was a pleasure knowing him the past Three years. We will miss him and his big smile coming Into the bakeshop for his Whoopie pies. Chris and Mary Bandereck
To June and family, we are with a sad heart knowing of your loss. My wife Dolores lived on Berrywood Ln and knew the Williams family. I first met Dick at his ice cream stand and he and June were invited guests for our holiday partys. It came as a big surprise after seeing dick at our party on December 19. When he left we wanted him to take along a plate of food but all dick wanted was to take some cake to his sick wife. I wil consider it an honor and privelege to have met Dick. I've enjoyed every moment talking with dick and will miss him dearly. His smile that lit up a room and his personality and giving way. Is there's anyone more deserving of VIP access through the pearly gate? I can't name many. May God bless all of you and keep you safe.Your neighbor Vincent and Dolores Ruocco 19 Michael Rd, Beverly, MA 01915
I am truly sorry for the loss. He was a good guy. I felt like he was family to me, since i grew up around the corner from the ice cream factory. Most of the time if I was playing in the parking lot he would give me a sample right out of the machine. Actually, one year I backed up and cut my head open on his sons truck. Things happen though. The whole Williams family felt like family. Again , truly sorry. Tom Parsons and family. From originally #4 of the Arthur street family.
Dear Williams Family, I recall Dick fondly as my friendly former 'boss' when I worked at Dick and Junes while a high school student. Dick was always such a positive person, devoted to his family, committed to his business and always willing to show courtesies to his customers. He and his lovely wife, June, were a role model of Christian marriage and served as devoted parents to their wonderful children, Alan and Debbie. Dick will be remembered by many as the fine man that he was. Rest in God's peace. Warmest regards, Jerry Parisella
My deepest condolences to the Williams family, Dick was always in a good mood and was very good to me, He gave me a job in my teens and put smiles on thousands of people with his ice cream. He was the hardest working person I've ever met, a great role model for me and I'm sure hundreds of others. we will miss you. mark giuliano
June, so sorry to hear of your loss. I lived in the Farms when you first opened and it was always a highlight to go to 'The Ice Cream Shop' to get great ice cream or just hang out. dick will always be a fond memory of my childhood and he'll be missed but not forgotten. God Bless You. Bob 'Spigs' Spiridigliozzi
My family is truly sorry to hear about Rock's passing. We loved seeing his warm smile at the ice cream shop for many years. Our deepest condolences to the Williams family. Charlotte and Bob Williams
We were so sad to hear of Mr. William's passing. My father and mother loved taking a ride to the ice cream parlor when they were visiting Cape Cod. My father always made sure he got his free ice cream. We can't even begin to talk about all those cribbage tournaments. Our deepest condolences to you, Alan and Debbie. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Lisbeth (Mayosky), Jim, James and Lindsey Caiafa

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